From monitoring vital signs to filtering filthy air and even translating speech into other languages, the coronavirus-fuelled boom in mask-wearing has spawned an unusual range of high-tech face coverings.
As masks become the norm worldwide, tech companies and researchers are rolling out weird and wonderful models to both guard against infection and cash in on a growing trend.
One of the wackiest comes from Japan, where start-up Donut Robotics has created a face covering that helps users adhere to social distancing and also acts as a translator.
The “C-Face” mask works by transmitting a wearer’s speech to a smartphone via an app, and allows people to have a conversation while keeping up to 10 metres (32 feet) apart.
“Despite the coronavirus, we sometimes need to meet directly with each other,” Donut Robotics chief executive Taisuke Ono told AFP.
The lightweight silicone device could have immediate benefits for people such as doctors who want to communicate with patients from a distance, the company says.
It can translate speech from Japanese into English, Korean and other languages — a function that will become more useful once travel restrictions are eventually eased.
But it does not offer protection from Covid-19 on its own, and is designed to be worn over a regular face covering when it goes on sale in February for about 4,000 yen ($40).
Donut Robotics raised nearly 100 million yen ($950,000) via crowdfunding to develop it, a success Ono believes was driven by a desire for innovations to make life easier during the pandemic.
It has sensors that monitor body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and blood oxygen levels, and relay data to a smartphone via a Bluetooth transmitter.
“Many of these frontline workers will be exposed to patients when they are taking their vital signs,” Loh Xian Jun, one of the scientists behind the invention, told AFP.
“This poses a health risk to the nurses, and we wanted to think about a way to reduce such risk.”
Its inventors say the device could also monitor vital signs of migrant workers in crowded dormitories, which incubated massive virus outbreaks in the city-state this year.
For those seeking to combat the effects of pollution in smog-choked cities, South Korea’s LG Electronics has developed an air purifier mask.
The futuristic white device, which fits snugly around the wearer’s mouth, nose and chin, is equipped with two filters on either side and fans to aid airflow.
The filters are similar to those in the company’s home air purifiers, and can block 99.95 percent of harmful particles.
Thousands have already been made available to medical staff and it will also be rolled out in shops in the future, the company says.
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The taste and texture of hot dogs and sausages vary depending upon regions such as American style hot dogs and sausages, Canadian hot dogs and sausages, and Irish hot dogs and sausages. The development of new products with diverse tastes, flavors, and types of hot dogs and sausages can create new market growth opportunities. Most of the market players adopt business strategies, such as new product development and product innovation, to survive in the global competitive market. The food processing industry offers contributions to each country’s GDP. Hence, the companies and market players associated with food processing must always be updated to survive in the market competition. Increasing number of elderly population is turning to healthier sausage options, including organic hot dogs and sausages. Pork or beef sausages contain trans-fat, which is one of the main factors triggering coronary heart disease. 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This trend is also driving a high number of young consumers to buy sausage brands that are certified organic or have healthier animal husbandry practices.Based on product, the global hot dogs and sausages market is segmented into pork, beef, chicken, and others.The pork segment led the hot dogs and sausages market with the highest market share in 2019.The pork meat is among the largely consumed red meat in the world.It is an excellent nutritional value source that provides vitamins, such as Vitamin B6, thiamin, phosphorus, niacin, zinc, protein, and other nutrients.Pork is also considered suitable for a healthy heart.In the market, different types of flavors of hot dogs and sausages are available.Swine are raised and bred as livestock by various small scale and large scale swine farmers. The quality of the health of the animal is managed during the breeding process. 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This has restricted the pork hot dogs and sausages market in regions such as the Middle East and other Islamic countries.Geographically, the hot dogs and sausages market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), South America, and the Middle East & Africa (MEA).North America held the largest share of the global hot dogs and sausages market, followed by Europe and Asia Pacific.The food & beverages companies operating in North America are continuously enhancing the overall business processes to meet rising demands of the customers in the best possible way.Several domestic and international companies have a strong foothold in North America.Key players operating in the North America hot dogs and sausages market include Hormel Foods, LLC and Smithfield Foods.In the region, the US is one of the largest consumers of hot dogs and sausages, followed by Canada and Mexico.The US is a developed market for hot dogs and sausages due to rising consumption of convenience products and surging demand from the working population due to busy lifestyle. Canada is among the leading producers of pork meat. Approximately 50% of all Canadian pork is further processed into cooked and cured products. Mexico is another important economy that is contributing to North America’s hot dogs and sausages market. The availability of an extensive range of hot dogs and sausages products in the market, along with a rise in disposable income, is expected to drive the growth of the market in Mexico.The COVID-19 outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, during December 2019 and it has spread across the globe at a rapid pace.The US, India, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, and Argentina are among the most affected countries in terms of confirmed cases and reported deaths as of September 2020.According to the WHO, there are ~31,823,658 confirmed cases and 976,134 death cases across the globe.COVID-19 has affected economies and undertakings due to lockdowns, travel bans, and business shutdowns.The global food & beverages industry is one of the major business suffering serious disruptions, for example, restrictions in the supply of ingredients required for the production of various food items affect the industry.. This has severely affected the global hot dogs and sausages market.Bar-S Foods; Carolina Packers (Bright Leaf Hotdogs); Animex Foods; Hormel Foods, LLC; Johnsonville, LLC; Kunzler & Company, Inc.; Tyson Foods, Inc.; Vienna Beef; Smithfield Foods, Inc.; and The Kraft Heinz Company are among the major players present in the global hot dogs and sausages market.Overall size of the global hot dogs and sausages market has been derived using primary and secondary sources.The research process begins with extensive secondary research using internal and external sources to obtain qualitative and quantitative information related to the global hot dogs and sausages market.Additionally, multiple primary interviews were conducted with industry participants and commentators to validate and analyze the data. 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